Westfields 1 – MacDonald
Malvern town 3 – Clark, Turner, Sauntson
MALVERN END WESTFIELDS’ UNDEFEATED RUN
Westfields surrendered their undefeated Hellenic League Premier Division run when local rivals Malvern Town beat them 3-1 at allpay.park in an entertaining, end-to-end, action-packed local derby in front of 222 supporters last night.
Malvern came armed with former Westfields players goalkeeper Keiron Blackburn and defenders Lewis Platt and Phil Harris, and these 3 put up a stern rear guard to thwart Westfields and give the visitors a 3-1 win.
Malvern were sharp and out of the blocks early on and took a dream start when Harry Clark put them ahead in only the 5th minute of the game when he fired home a left-wing cross to put the Hillsiders ahead.
Westfields were slow to get into their stride and Malvern looked dangerous on the break and it came as no surprise when Matt Turner put them 2-0 ahead in the 22nd minute with a fierce drive from outside the penalty area which left Westfields’ keeper Ian Havard rooted to the spot.
Westfields tried hard to get back into the game but found Lewis Platt, Phil Harris and Keiron Blackburn all in good form against their former club mates.
After the break it was Westfields’ turn to get a dream start when Matt MacDonald headed home at the far post from a Lewis Binns free kick.
This set up then an avalanche of attacking play from Westfields who looked to draw level and Blackburn twice saved well in the Malvern goal, then Dan Stoneman rattled the crossbar from close range as Westfields went all out to pull level.
However, Malvern broke away and caught Westfields on the counter-attack when Adam Saunston fired home in the 65th minute to put Malvern 3-1 ahead.
Westfields came storming back and again good play from Dan Stoneman and Kyle Cassell both put Malvern under pressure but their defence stood firm as free kicks from Billy Murphy and Matt MacDonald went close.
Westfields did a lot of attacking and enjoyed long periods of play but could not force a second goal to get back into the game.
Malvern looked sharp and tidy and this win leapfrogs them above Westfields into second position in the league table.
Westfields now play on Sunday away at Worcester Raiders at Six Ways Stadium, Worcester in the FA Vase and then on Tuesday 27th September travel to near-neighbours Hereford Pegasus for an Hellenic League Premier Division game, kicking-off at 7.45pm at Old School Lane.
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